Single Tooth Implant
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Advantages of a single tooth implant over a bridge?
A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. A single tooth implant looks and behaves like a natural tooth. Most importantly, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without damaging neighbouring teeth. A fixed bridge requires preparation of the teeth next to the missing teeth.
Because a dental tooth implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. A dental implant fuses to your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact. This does not happen with a bridge, and as a result, the bone begins to shrink away.
In the long term, a single implant can be more aesthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is straightforward if appropriately planned. However, there is a lot involved in the process of fitting dental implants. It is a good idea to be familiar with the process before making a decision.
The dental implant process begins with a consultation.
The dentist will discuss your expectations and the reason for your tooth loss. Any questions that you may have will be answered.
You will undergo a detailed examination and X-rays. It's important that you have enough bone available to accommodate the dental implant. Therefore, in some cases, it will be necessary for bone grafting and/or a sinus lift to be planned. Following clinical photos and any relevant investigations, a treatment plan is constructed. The tooth implant cost and tooth dental implant procedure is discussed with you in detail prior to starting any treatment.
You do not have to be left with a visible gap during any stage of your treatment, and we will discuss your options for filling these gaps carefully with you at your assessment.
It’s also important that the teeth and gums are as healthy as possible for the treatment to be a success. Often you will need to have treatment with the dental hygienist before you can have any implant surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once everything is in order, your surgical appointments can commence. First, the tooth implant surgery takes place and the dental implant will be installed.
Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone, bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time a temporary tooth covers the tooth implant site. Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This temporary healing cap completes the foundation for your new tooth. Your gums heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
Finally, your dentist creates a replacement tooth or crown and attaches it to a small metal post, called an abutment. The dental implant procedure takes between 3 to 9 months to complete.
The final outcome will be a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions like one of your own teeth. You simply have to clean it using standard tooth-brushing and flossing techniques.
Following treatment, you will be instructed on how to keep your new tooth implant clean and healthy.
Dental Implants give you a new lease of life
After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and the ability to chew and speak. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
There is no reason a successful, well-maintained implant should not last a lifetime. The titanium structure and design of the implants we use are especially strong to withstand the forces of chewing.
Every case is different, and some of these steps are simultaneously provided when conditions permit. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Get in touch with our team today if you would like to discuss your single tooth implant treatment.
How much does a Tooth Implant Cost?
The most popular question we hear is "how much does a tooth implant cost? The basic dental implant cost including the fixture, abutment and crown is £2,100. The total dental implant cost varies dependent on additional procedures such as examination, bone grafting, temporary crows etc.. These procedures are case specific. To receive a detailed quotation which will calculate the dental implant cost, arrange for a dental implant consultation with Dr Anoup Nandra.